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whit better than the one from Africa ;" and the Virginia Times, of
1836, has the following statement:--" Intelligent men estimate
the number of slaves exported from Virginia within the last
twelve months, at 120,000-each slave averaging at least 600
dollars, making an aggregate of 72,000,000 dollars. Of the
number of slaves exported, not more than one-tlird have been sold
(the others have been carried away by their owners, who have
removed into other States,) which would leave in the State the sum
of 24,000,000 dollars, arising from the sale of slaves." The Natchez
Courier, (Mississippi,) says, " That the States of Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas, imported two hundred and
-fifty thousand slaves from the more northern States, in the year
18362" These statements fiom southern papers will show of how
great importance Texas is to the slave-breeders, and what a horrible
impetus will be given to the slave traffic, if it be permitted
to carry into effect its infamous designs.
The southern politicians have for years past regarded Texas as
necessary to the salvation of the southern States and the security
of their" peculiar institutions," and have openly advocated its
acquisition and annexation to the union.-Texas will give them
nine additional States, equal in extent to Kentucky, and will
secure to them in perpetuity, their preponderence in the politics
and Government of the republic. In 1837, the legislature of Mississippi
passed the following among other resolutions:-" Resolved,
That the annexation of Texas to this Republic, is essential
to the future safety and repose of the southern States of this confederacy."
Nor was Tennessee behind in the wish to acquire
Texas. In her general assembly it was resolved, " That we desire
most anxiously that Texas be acquired by the United States," she resolved in her general assembly,
" That the overture on the part of the Republic of Texas, for
annexation to the United States of America, ought to be met by
the Federal Authorities in the most friendly manner,"
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